What You Can Do About Net Neutrality
Undoubtedly, you've heard about Ajit Pai and net neutrality. And you're probably thinking, who is Ajit Pai? What is net neutrality? Well, Ajit Pai is essentially an evil, disgusting, money-hungry man who is on the wrong side of history. We have many more names we call him, for those you can DM us. They're pretty great. We made a whole list.
Net neutrality is the "freedom of speech principle" of the internet. When you go online, you expect to be able to find any information you want without your cable or phone company imposing its own agenda on the results.
For example, if you google how to make a vegan burger patty you expect to find out how to make a vegan burger patty (we don't know why you would, but you do you). You don't expect to find the internet to say, "Maggie, you shouldn't be vegan that is stupid where will you get your protein? Buy our Verizon beef instead".
You also don't expect your service provider to block and slow down content, applications, and websites that may interfere with their agenda. As in, if you're a Verizon customer and you want to Google alternatives to Verizon in your area, you don't expect Verizon to block or slow down those search results.
But on December 14, the FCC's Republican majority approved Chairman's Ajit Pai's plan to destroy the freedom of the internet. And guess what, Ajit Pai used to be a Verizon lawyer and he's a Trump appointee. Without Net Neutrality, companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast will be able to be in charge of which websites, content, and applications are seen and which are blocked because they don't match their agenda.
Yes, it's horrible. It might feel like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where everything is falling apart, and you are not wrong in feeling that way. But guess what, Hermione fought back and so can you. Yes, you. You can do something! (Oh, if you're a wonderful hacker, well you've got your work cut out for you, Mr. Robot style. Go go go!)
1. Sign the ACLU Petition Which Urges Congress to Step In and Save Net Neutrality
ACLU is pretty amazing. As you probably already know.
2. Sign the Save the Internet Freepress Petition
It's another petition for Congress to help us. The more the merrier!
On the same Save the Internet website you can enter your phone number and zip code and they connect you directly to your lawmakers. Here is a script of what you can say.
"Hello. I'm calling to urge Rep./Sen. _______ to stand up for the open internet. Please use the CRA to pass a resolution of disapproval reversing the FCC's bad Net Neutrality vote. We need members of Congress to stand up for the open internet and for the digital civil rights of their constituents now. Please use the CRA to pass a resolution of disapproval."
4. Share on Your Social Media!
The more people know the reality of this, the more it will help! Share this article!
5. Call Your Representatives Again!
If there's one thing we learned from the 2016 election and 2017 in general, is that your voice really does make a difference. So use it!
Good luck to us all.